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Dancing in the Vertical Plane: An exploration of vertical expressivity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and site-specific performance.

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dc.contributor.advisor Covey, David
dc.creator Kristin, Loy
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-02T18:34:24Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-02T18:34:24Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/51941
dc.description 1st place at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum in Arts/Architecture en_US
dc.description.abstract Traditionally, dance is bound by gravity. Vertical expressivity can only be achieved by how high a dancer can jump, reach, or be lifted into the air. In traditional dance theatre spaces, a large amount of vertical space above the dancing body is underutilized. My research explored dancing in the extreme: on the vertical plane. Rather than being confined to the ground by gravity, I investigated the possibilities of dancing, choreographing, and performing on a climbing wall. The purpose of my research was to investigate movement in the vertical plane, to combine the athleticism of climbing with the creativity of dance, and to break dance out of the confines of a theater space. This research culminated in site-specific performances at the Outdoor Adventure Center at The Ohio State University. As part of my creative research, I studied aerial dance. I learned ways of moving suspended in a harness creating the illusion that a vertical wall is the horizontal ground. I collaborated with my cast of dancers and climbers to utilize dance aesthetics and climbing techniques to choreograph movement on both the horizontal and vertical planes. By having my dancers and climbers perform a variety of vignettes on the in the air, on the wall, and on the ground, I created a performance that was bound by gravity, defied gravity, and challenged the audience’s perception of space. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Ohio State University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Ohio State University. Department of Dance Honors Theses; 2012 en_US
dc.subject dance en_US
dc.subject interdisciplinary en_US
dc.subject performance en_US
dc.title Dancing in the Vertical Plane: An exploration of vertical expressivity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and site-specific performance. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.embargo No embargo en_US